John Kennedy, Tallahassee Democrat

John Kennedy

Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee, FL, United States

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OVERTURNED: Judge spikes DeSantis's Florida redistricting map that axed minority district

The judge's decision, certain to be appealed by the state, brings a new level of at least temporary chaos to this year’s election season. → Read More

With Ron DeSantis stoking culture war issues, school boards emerge as major Florida battleground

Florida's non-partisan school board races are emerging as a battleground this year, with conservatives seeking to steer the local education debate. → Read More

DeSantis signs big tax break package, including reductions on gas, diapers and more

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a $1.1 billion package of tax breaks, including the elimination of the state sales tax on diapers → Read More

DeSantis' abortion views could get renewed attention in post-Roe landscape

Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved two new abortion restrictions during his time in office and talked about going further when he ran in 2018. → Read More

Florida's constitution protects abortion access — for now

A conservative Florida Supreme Court and Gov. DeSantis's power to appoint a new justice jeopardize a privacy amendment that protects abortion access. → Read More

Even in rural Florida, DeSantis trains attack on White House while touting his free speech views

DeSantis’ latest target is one that has emerged as a favorite of conservative media: The Biden administration’s effort to combat disinformation. → Read More

Ron DeSantis vetoes 'net metering' bill sought by FPL, opposed by solar industry

Solar business owners feared the bill would have crippled the industry in Florida, discouraging homeowners and others from installing rooftop solar. → Read More

Ron DeSantis vetoes 'net metering' bill sought by FPL, opposed by solar industry

Solar business owners feared the bill would have crippled the industry in Florida, discouraging homeowners and others from installing rooftop solar. → Read More

Gov. DeSantis sets special session to fix Florida's deepening property insurance rate crisis

The special session will run May 23 through May 27, giving Gov. Ron DeSantis and lawmakers at least the appearance of tackling a deepening crisis. → Read More

DeSantis signs bill to create new elections security force to investigate potential ballot fraud

The legislation marks the second straight year when DeSantis drove elections changes through the Legislature. Many provisions ruled unconstitutional. → Read More

DeSantis signs into law ‘Stop WOKE Act’ to restrict race discussions in Florida

The “Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act” responds to a drumbeat from conservative media that has condemned critical race theory. → Read More

Lawsuit: New DeSantis' congressional map plan violates Fair Districts

The state’s League of Women Voters joined other organizations and a dozen voters in suing to block the congressional redistricting plan. → Read More

Senate bows to DeSantis with map boosting GOP at expense of Black Democrats

The state Senate advanced the DeSantis map in a party-line vote after Democrats attacked it as hyper-partisan and hurtful to Black voters. → Read More

DeSantis plan to redraw districts branded 'racist' by critics as special session begins

Florida lawmakers opened a special session to redraw congressional district boundaries to eliminate two of the four seats now served by Black Democrats. → Read More

Ron DeSantis eyes court fight over Florida congressional map to reduce minority seats

In a clash between Gov. DeSantis and Republican-led Legislature, the redrawing of boundaries for Florida’s congressional districts has veered off course. → Read More

Despite deep divisions, Florida Gov. DeSantis says session marked 'year of the parent'

DeSantis, legislative leaders declared the 2022 legislative session as the “year of the parent in the state of Florida.” → Read More

With budget awaiting vote, lawmakers near end of session marked by deep divisions

Florida lawmakers worked to wrap-up the two-month session with the usual flurry of last-minute bill-passing and frenzied debate. → Read More

From limiting race talk to election security, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' wish list advances

The top items on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ polarizing legislative wish list — from immigration to limiting race discussions at schools and work — advanced. → Read More

State worker pay raises topping 5% approved in 2022-23 budget deal

Racing to meet a late Tuesday deadline, House and Senate budget negotiators approved a 5.38% pay boost for all state workers. → Read More

House looks to avoid DeSantis veto with congressional map bound for court

The Florida House is poised to approve a congressional redistricting plan opposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis → Read More